Kenneth Makelo Lusaka
2nd Speaker of the Kenyan Senate
Assumed office
31 August 2017
Preceded byEkwee Ethuro
Governor of Bungoma County
In office
4 March 2013 – 8 August 2017
Succeeded byWycliffe Wangamati
Personal details
Born18 September 1963
Bungoma County
NationalityKenyan

Kenneth Makelo Lusaka (born 18 September 1963) is the 2nd and current speaker of the Kenyan Senate. Previously, he served as the 1st Governor of Bungoma County in Kenya.

Early life

Ken Lusaka Was born on 18 September 1963 in Bungoma County. He attended Kamukuywa Primary School, then Kibabii High School[1] for his 'O' Levels and later Chesamisi High School and Friends School Kamusinga for his 'A' levels. After high school, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History. From the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, he earned an MA in Public Policy and Administration, and was the President of Scholars for the student body.[2]

Politics

In 2013, Ken Lusaka ran successfully for the position of Bungoma governor, alongside Alfred Khangati, Maurice Makhanu, Jack Tumwa and Wabwoba Walinywa.[3][4][5] In the course of his tenure as a governor he moved to Jubilee Party on which he attempted to secure a second term on 8 August 2017. He, however, failed but was fronted by the Jubilee Party as a candidate for speaker of the Senate. On August 31, 2017, Lusaka won the speaker seat on second round with 42 votes against his closest rival Farah Maalim who garnered 25 votes thus becoming the second speaker of the senate in the history of Kenya.[6]

Controversy

In September 2015, the county government of Bungoma was audited and it was discovered that the county had spent Kshs 1,093,200 (approximately $10,881) on 10 wheelbarrows for the Bungoma slaughterhouse, suggesting that the wheelbarrows cost Kshs 109,320 ($1,088) each. In response to the outrage sparked by Kenyans over what appeared to be massive waste of taxpayer money by the government, Governor Lusaka said that, "The information that I am getting from the veterinary department is that these are not the ordinary wheelbarrows that we know. These are wheelbarrows that are made of stainless, non-carcinogenic material and are used in the food industry." However, he later said that he had begun investigations and ordered the tender and evaluation committees to justify the purchases.[7]

References

  1. ^ "kibabii high school - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Choice 2013|Kenneth Lusaka". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Party loyalty seen to determine first Bungoma governor - Standard Digital News". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  4. ^ "2013 Kenya Elections". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  5. ^ "COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS- GOVERNORS AND SENATORS|KenyaForum". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001253185/former-bungoma-governor-ken-lusaka-elected-senate-speaker
  7. ^ "Uproar as Bungoma spends Sh1m on wheelbarrows - VIDEO - Daily Nation". Retrieved 9 May 2016.